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THOMPSON CASE UPDATE.  WP.  “The funder and mastermind behind the illegal financing of Vincent C. Gray’s successful 2010 D.C. mayoral campaign and scores of other local and federal political campaigns fully cooperated with prosecutors and should serve no jail time, the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday.”

FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FOR CASTRO.  KSAT.  “The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced Monday that an investigation found Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro violated the Hatch Act on April 4 during a Yahoo News interview.”

END CU SPENDS.  WT.  “A group that wants to reform campaign finance law is buying $1.5 million in airtime for commercials supporting Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto.”

SUPER PAC COH.  LAT.  “A well-connected pro-Donald Trump super PAC has failed to raise big money to support the Republican’s presidential bid, leaving him without outside resources to fight the well-stocked super PAC backing Democrat Hillary Clinton.”

LA:  SUPER PAC CLOSED.  TA.  “A Louisiana-based Super PAC supporting the candidacy of John N. Kennedy disbanded and donated its leftovers to an influential national group while the candidate himself kicked in ‘a substantial amount’ more to ESAfund, which is backing his bid for the U.S. Senate.”

MT:  CASE HEATING UP.  BD.  “After winning a lawsuit against a Republican lawmaker earlier this year, Montana’s campaign regulator is starting to pursue his case against a conservative nonprofit with connections to that same lawmaker.”

NJ: DONOR DISCLOSED.  NJ.  “A nonpartisan ethics watchdog is taking credit for Friday’s revelation that a $1 million donation to a super PAC linked to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop came from a co-founder and co-owner of local hospital system CarePoint Health.”


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